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The Death of Philosophy: Reference and Self-reference in Contemporary Thought

Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel


Philosophers debate the death of philosophy as much as they debate the death of God. Immanuel Kant claimed responsibility for both philosophy’s beginning and end, while Martin Heidegger argued it concluded with Friedrich Nietzsche. In the twentieth century, figures as diverse as John Austin and Richard Rorty have proclaimed philosophy’s end, with some even calling for the advent of “post-philosophy.” In an effort to make sense of these conflicting positions—which often say as much about the philosopher as his subject—this book undertakes the first systematic treatment of “the end of philosophy ... More

Keywords: death of philosophy, post-philosophy, scientism, philosophers, Richard Rorty, philosophy, Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, self-reference, reference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231147781
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231147781.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel, author